Padres Recap: 4/23/15 Rockies 2, Padres 1

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The San Diego Padres lost to the Colorado Rockies Thursday in a day game to lose their consecutive game and end with a 2-2 split with the Rockies. They now head home to Petco to take on the division rival Dodgers who are reeling themselves after getting swept by the San Francisco Giants.

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Tyson Ross only managed 5 innings on the day, allowing another Corey Dickerson home run (3rd time in 2 games) and some control issues that led the Rockies to the 2-1 win. Ross walked 4 and struck out 8, throwing 108 pitches in the 5 inning outing. Brandon Maurer came in for two good innings of relief to bring down his ERA to 3.86 before Chris Rearick got two outs and Odrisamer Despaigne came in for the final out of the 8th. If you remember Despaigne started Monday’s opener.

Yonder Alonso continues to hit well in 2015 going 3-3 with an RBI and a walk to raise his team leading batting average to an even .400. Cory Spangenberg started at 2B with Solarte over at third base. Will Venable also got a start in left field but went 0-3.

It was a well pitched game for the Padres they were simply unable to come up with the big hit at the right moment or hit the Big Fly so common in Coors Field. Rockies starter Jordan Lyles pitched into the 7th to improve to 2-1 and the bullpen finished things out with John Axford getting his second save for the Rockies.

For a series that started out with so much promise it is disappointing to end up with a split, but certainly the Padres offense continued to impress this trip and the pitching remains a cornerstone for the team as well. With Despaigne coming in for relief today, it does have Bud Black ipping his hand that Ian Kennedy will regain his spot in the rotation this weekend against the Dodgers.

Former Padre Nick Hundley also cut down Spangenberg and Alonso trying to steal second base and went 2-3 continue his hot play against his former team.

The Dodgers come to Petco Park Friday for their first series of the year at Petco as the Padres try and avenge the opening round series loss.

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